Tag: clean water act

WOTUS Rule to Be Rescinded or Revised

The Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015 and became effective on August 28, 2015.  According to the EPA, the rule was developed “to respond to an urgent need to improve and simplify the process for identifying waters that are and are not protected […]

United States Environmental Protection Agency 2016 Annual Enforcement Report

According to its 2016 annual enforcement report, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) collected approximately $6 billion in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties and criminal fines during Fiscal Year 2016.  It also secured investments by companies to spend more than $13.7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution.  This represents a significant […]

USACE Issues Proposed Changes to NWPs

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for Nationwide Permits (NWPs).  Many of our clients use Nationwide Permits as a more streamlined way to obtain coverage under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.  Full details of the notice are contained here.  However, some of the specific changes upon which […]


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just issued a lifetime drinking water health advisory standard of 0.07 micrograms per liter (µg/L) or 0.07 parts per billion (ppb) for the Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) based on a reference dose (RfD) derived from a developmental toxicity study in mice.(1,2) […]

Don’t Let Clean Water Act Complacency Get You in Trouble

In response to Clean Water Act violations, William Johnston, the owner of one of North Carolina’s largest dairy farms, was sentenced to four years of probation, six months of which must be spent in home detention, and a fine of $15,000. His company, Tap Root, was also fined $80,000, was placed on a four-year probationary […]